According to one Reddit thread and his Twitter feed, well-known security researcher and vulnerability sleuth Brandon Azad (formerly of Google’s Project Zero), will soon join the Apple Security team.
It is with both bittersweet sadness and excitement that I say goodbye to Project Zero, as I join Apple next week to continue the work to improve Apple device security. My time at Project Zero has been fantastic, and it has been an honor to take part in this fantastic mission.
̵1; Brandon Azad (@_bazad) October 2, 2020
Project Zero is a band of security researchers at Google working to find, study, and detect hardware vulnerabilities and the software used by the public today. Azad happens to be one of the finest heads behind this operation.
The name Brandon Azad can ring a bell for those who enjoy the update notes every time they install an iOS update (who doesn’t?). You see, Azad was credited for many of the fixed vulnerabilities and issues listed in the security section of the update notes for iOS 11, iOS 12, iOS 13, and even iOS 14!
Project Zero was created by Google, but it did much more than just test Google products for loss of security. The people behind Project Zero devoted themselves to testing and enhancing the safety of any product today’s end users could obtain, and Azad was at the forefront of the iOS side of things.
While Google will surely feel the loss of a bright, radiant mind, Apple has picked up an excellent addition to its list of geniuses. Azad will start at Apple next week, and he will focus his efforts on Apple device security.